Brackets. Created by Ashley Massie April 2012. Brackets vs. Parentheses. Like parentheses, brackets are enclosures. Brackets have fewer and more specialized uses than parentheses. Brackets and parentheses are usually not interchangeable. Use Brackets.
Created by Ashley Massie
1. As Parentheses Within Parentheses
2. To Indicate Capitalization Changes in Quotes
This unusual animal was once believed to be a myth because “[s]kepticsinsisted that the duck-billed platypus was simply a duck bill sewn onto a beaver’s body” (35). (“Skeptics” changed to “skeptics”)
3. To Indicate Other Changes to Quotations
4. To Add Additional Information to Quotations
5. To Acknowledge Errors in Quotations